Rep. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, will be hosting district office hours as she does every year between legislative sessions to make herself available to constituents who cannot travel to her district office in Moses Lake. Continue reading
Rep. Liz Pike’s Business Kitchen Cabinet, a group of employers, is looking at ways to make Washington more business friendly. Continue reading
Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, was presented with the Boys and Girls Clubs Washington Alliance 2014 Legislative Champion award in recognition of her work in support of Washington families and youth. Walsh was one of four legislators to be recognized this year. Continue reading
Rep. Cary Condotta has been named a recipient of the 2014 Municipal Champion Award by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC).
Condotta was selected for his active support of priority legislation for the association, particularly legislation in which he was the primary sponsor to share a portion of new revenue resulting from recreational marijuana sales with cities. Continue reading
Rep. Matt Shea will propose legislation to create accountability standards for the state’s electronic home monitoring program. Audio feed. Continue reading
As a newly appointed member to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, I was eager to confront the obstacles facing parents, students, teachers and schools in our community. One of the largest considerations our public schools face is the 2012 McCleary vs. Washington state ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court. Since the McCleary decision, there has been substantial debate surrounding the implementation of the ruling. The Legislature has made significant strides but more are needed to address our constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education, improve student outcomes and better support educators. Continue reading
In this opinion editorial, Rep. Dave Hayes discusses how the state and legislators have stepped up numerous times to keep the Island Transit Everett Connector operating, when the transit agency should have been securing other more permanent funding. Continue reading
Reps. Larry Seaquist and Norma Smith are strongly advising a major overhaul of upper management in the ferries division in order to restore public trust. Continue reading
A compilation of Rep. Jay Rodne’s 2014 legislative video updates. Continue reading
A compilation of video updates recorded by Rep. Dick Muri during the 2014 legislative session. Continue reading
A compilation of Rep. Mark Hargrove’s 2014 legislative video updates in which he explains his legislation, opens up about his wife’s breast cancer treatment and offers thoughts on issues of importance during the 60-day session. Continue reading
Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, is proposing legislation to create strict standards for the electronic home monitoring program. Continue reading
Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, discusses issues on a telephone town hall. Continue reading
Many people are concerned the task force will recommend proposals that could increase the price of gas, raise electricity bills, hurt small businesses and make housing less affordable for families. Continue reading
Rep. Terry Nealey says the June revenue forecast emphasizes the need for the Legislature to concentrate on job creation in Washington. Continue reading
Rep. Matt Shea is inviting citizens in the 4th Legislative District to join him Monday, June 23, for a telephone town hall meeting. Continue reading
Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden, has earned the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) 2014 “Guardian of Small Business Award.” The awards were given in recognition of legislators’ business-friendly votes during the 2013-14 legislative sessions. Continue reading
Rep. Jay Rodne, R-Snoqualmie, invites constituents of the 5th Legislative District to take part in an hour-long telephone town hall Wednesday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. Residents can participate by dialing toll-free 1-800-773-9429 shortly before the town hall begins. Continue reading
Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick, has been appointed to the Juvenile Sentencing Reform Task Force by House Speaker Frank Chopp.
The task force is responsible for thoroughly reviewing juvenile sentencing, particularly how it intersects with the adult system.
“As a long-time law enforcement officer, as well as a school resource officer, this task force is a good fit for me,” said Klippert. “I will be able to provide some strong input based on firsthand experiences I have had with youth in the criminal justice system and in our schools. I am hopeful we can achieve the goal of the task force which is to improve the outcomes for youth, public safety and taxpayer resources.” Continue reading
State transportation leaders will travel by bus to see firsthand key rail-centered projects and attend briefings by state and local officials, following a June 17 joint transportation meeting in Spokane. Continue reading